Abbas to Abdullah: PA must mend ties with Hamas

Jordanian king visits W. Bank for first time since 2000, tells Abbas he supports Palestinian state on pre-67 borders.

Jordan's King Abdullah II with Abbas_311 (photo credit: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)
Jordan's King Abdullah II with Abbas_311
(photo credit: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Jordan's King Abdullah II in Ramallah Monday that the most pressing issue facing the PA is a complete reconciliation with Hamas, according to PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki.
Malki made the comments during a press conference with his Jordanian counterpart, Nasser Judeh, following the meeting between the PA president and Jordanian King - the first official visit by Abdullah to the West Bank since Abbas assumed the presidency.
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The PA foreign minister said that Abbas stressed his desire to return to direct peace negotiations with Israel but only when Jerusalem agrees to stop settlement development, according to Palestinian Ma'an News Agency.
According to Judeh, Abdullah came to the West Bank in order to support the creation of a Palestinian state along the Green Line with its capital in east Jerusalem and to emphasize the importance of the Palestinian issue within the Jordanian leadership.
Abbas's meeting with Abdullah came shortly before the PA president and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal are expected to meet in Cairo in yet another attempt to implement the Egyptian-sponsored reconciliation accord that was announced last May.
The summit will focus on the formation of a caretaker government that would prepare for presidential and parliamentary elections.